Meaning of “stock option” in the English Dictionary

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"stock option" in Business English

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stock optionnoun [ C ]


[ usually plural ] also share option a contract for the right to buy and sell shares at a later date or within a certain period at a particular price:

It's like persuading people to buy stock options back immediately after the 1987 stock market crash.
He netted over $217 million from the sale of stock options between 1998 and 2001.

the right of an executive or other employee to buy shares in their company at a lower price than usual:

The increased use of stock options makes it harder to gauge exactly what people are earning.

(Definition of “stock option” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)